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“Great Elk Burgers and Waffle Fries”

Denali Park Salmon Bake
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Our landmark bar and grill's Alaskan menu has something for everyone. While we get many compliments on our signature Cedar Plank Salmon, famous Halibut Tacos, full pound split Crab Legs and our Beer Battered Halibut; many consider our steaks, burgers and salads to be the best in the area. Offering nightly entertainment, The Bake is the biggest hub for nightlife in Denali. Open since 1984, The Bake has been celebrating life in Denali for 30 years.
Renton, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
545 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Great Elk Burgers and Waffle Fries”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

We had some wonderful elk burgers with waffle fries at the Salmon Bake. The restaurant is funky with non-level stairs to the upstairs bar. The bartender and staff are super friendly. This is a fun place. Live music during the evenings and a happening place at night (though it has little competition).

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Thank JLFERG
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Della M, Public Relations Manager at Denali Park Salmon Bake, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Glad to hear you had a great time! Our elk is really popular. We source it from a local Alaskan business that works with the native tribes that have subsisted on herding elk for generations. We thank you for your review and for your patronage. Cheers!
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Havertown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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“Started off mediocre, but made right!”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is a regular restaurant with a regular menu, not one of the “salmon bakes” that are as prevalent in Alaska as luaus are in Hawaii.

Good selection of seafood along with some elk and reindeer, but you have to keep in mind that when you go to many establishments in a tourist area in Alaska in May the staff are mostly new and in training mode. Our service was pretty good, but the server either didn’t put our food order in or the kitchen lost it. Three other tables that came in after us were served long before us. When the server realized this (from our piercing glances?) he offered us free chowder while we waited (it was delicious). With further delay our server offered us free desserts and we countered with (and received) a free round of drinks.

When our food did arrive we enjoyed everything. It was all well prepared and presented and as with many restaurants in Alaska we were given French fry alternates of salad or fruit. All in all; very good service; décor with local flavor; and mediocre service that was made right!

  • Visited May 2014
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Della M, Public Relations Manager at Denali Park Salmon Bake, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thank you for your thoughtful review. While hiccups in service do happen it's good to hear our staff recovered and, most importantly, that your were satisfied with your visit at The Bake. Thank you again for your review.
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St Augustine Florida
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

This was a very pleasant surprise in Denali. We ate upstairs in the bar and had a great experience. The food was awesome - don't miss the seafood chowder - and the beer was Ice Cold. They have a great selection of draft beers and the bar tender was very helpful in picking out a few "local" micro brews. The halibut sandwich was one of the best I've had, I would definitely go back here for lunch, dinner or happy hour anytime I'm in the area.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Timmy178
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Della M, Public Relations Manager at Denali Park Salmon Bake, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Glad to hear you enjoyed your time at The Bake. We have a new tap system this year and the beer is pouring better than ever! Glad you enjoyed it and the halibut. Happy travels and thanks again for your review!
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Redington Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
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“Fantastic. Best restaurant within 20 miles”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Denali Park Village and managed to get a shuttle to this place as we were not happy with the choices we had.
We are so glad we came here. The first thing was how absolutely fantastic our server was, Sam S. She made our evening great. So attentive and really wanted us to be happy with everything we ate. My wife had the Salmon, which was a bit boney for her liking, evidently, thats how their Salmon comes. I had the halibut and it was wonderful. The veggies were a little over peppered and when our server saw that I didn't eat them, she immediately went into the kitchen and made them cook a fresh batch just for me. Wow! Didn't expect that.
Overall, the meal was great, the pricing was reasonable for Alaska and would definitely go back.
The building was rickety and rustic, which added fun to the evening.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Lou L
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Della M, Public Relations Manager at Denali Park Salmon Bake, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Hello, thank you for your feedback! We are so lucky to have Sam on our team and we appreciate you telling us about her service. Funny you mentioned the "rickety" aspect. We're pretty sure there isn't a 90 degree angle in the building. This is our 30th Anniversary and the -70 winters have created a lot of character. We're glad you found it as fun as we do.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your Alaskan vacation! Cheers!
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Best seafood chower on earth.”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Definitely five stars here. We had salmon bake when we were in seward and decided to try it again. (Sine the "best" rated place is a pizza place, and i had enough about "good pizza reviews " . We had rockfish, baked king salmon, highland mushroom and the seafood chowder. Everyone of em is recommended: D

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Thank Kody W
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Della M, Public Relations Manager at Denali Park Salmon Bake, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit to The Bake! We're glad to see you enjoyed all of the seafood. Thank you for choosing us and supporting local business. We hope you enjoy the rest of your Alaskan vacation!
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